It took me awhile but I think I am finally recovered from the bacchanalia that came to Austin at the end of April. The inaugural Austin Wine and Food Fest had a few logistical issues like high winds that led to a film of dust that covered everyone and everything and timing for the demos could have been better. But for the most part, it was a success. I was proud to play a role at the fest as the lead in charge of volunteer checkin. I also serve with the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance as Volunteer Coordinator which led to the opportunity. So I spent a good portion of the actual fest at Auditorium Shores working instead of drinking and eating as much as I would have liked to. Fortunately, there were several periphery events before that I was able to enjoy. Plus it was fun to have a behind the scenes view of the first year. It will be interesting to see how they adjust going forward.
Now for my food porn. First up was the fantastic dinner that Columbus Salame sponsored at the Carillon. Columbus is an artisan salame maker out of San Francisco that makes truly stellar handcrafted meats. Each of the courses included some of their product. As always, Josh Watkins and Plinio Sandalio gave me mouthgasms with their delicious dishes. You can find Columbus locally at Central Market and Antonelli’s.
Stay tuned for Part 2. Dessert dinner, Live Fire meat and pie, secret dessert party, and more Morimoto.